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The first trailer for the Sundance hit Ain’t Them Bodies Saints has been released online. The film centers on a young outlaw couple played by Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck who are apprehended by the law and must deal with the consequences of their actions, Affleck’s character escapes prison years later and sets out to find his lover and daughter in 1970s Texas Hill Country. Writer/director David Lowery’s debut feature drew positive reviews and comparisons to the work of Terrence Malick at Sundance, and after watching this trailer it’s not hard to see why. Not only is his visual style eloquent and poetic, but the story almost feels like a spin on Malick’s Badlands. The trailer promises a slew of fine performances and a nuanced, character-centric story, and I’m eager to catch the full film when it hits theaters. Hit the jump to watch the trailer, »
- Adam Chitwood
One of the staples of the outdoor summer screenings in London is undoubtedly the Film4 Summer Screen season at the glorious Somerset House. Even though you’re in the middle of busy London, you’re very much away in a world of your own, well, with a few hundred other film lovers.
We’re very excited to announce the new line-up of films that’s been announced and – take note – tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10am but be quick, they sell out fast! This year, also sees the World Premiere of Richard Curtis’s About Time and two UK Premieres: The Way Way Back and Prince Avalanche.
Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday 24 May 2013
Tickets from £14.50 available online: www.somersethouse.org.uk/film4summerscreen
There’s an extended run out there this time around, so instead of me waffling on just check out the full »
- Dan Bullock
A few months after world premiering at Sundance to great acclaim, David Lowery's "Badlands"-style love story "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" had its European unveiling at Cannes over the weekend, following in the footsteps of last year's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which went on a similar journey before going on to become an Academy Award-nominated indie sensation. Whether the drama has "Beasts"' legs remains to be seen. All we can tell you is that the buzz is warranted. Lowery's drama is the real deal. The morning following its Cannes bow in the Director's Fortnight sidebar, Indiewire sat down with the film's two stars, Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, to talk about the Cannes reception, revisiting their own work and whether the Lowery-Terrence Malick comparisons many critics have made are valid. Has the film changed since Sundance? Rooney Mara: A little bit, but I'm not sure you'd notice. »
- Nigel M Smith
At the Cannes Film Festival this week, members of the press will get a special screening of "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," the Sundance smash that stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara as a husband and wife with a criminal history (he's an escaped convict, she's his former partner-in-crime, together they have a child that was born while he was locked up). And to accompany this special screening, there's a brand new clip that's hit the web, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. The scene (the opening of the movie) is brief but beautiful and involves a heated conversation between Mara and Affleck that, even if you've never been locked up for criminal activity, you can probably relate to. It's apparent, from just a minute of footage, why this film, with its sunlit naturalism, was receiving comparisons to the early works of Terrence Malick (particularly "Badlands"). "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which is just »
- Drew Taylor
The first image from Knight of Cups has been released.
The film's plot has been kept under wraps, but reportedly centres on the world of celebrity and its excesses.
This is Bale's first collaboration with Malick since 2005's The New World, while Portman is working with the director for the first time.
Knight of Cups is due to be released later this year. »
Terrence Malick is a human wormhole: once you start to try and understand the complex philosopher behind such devastating works of storytelling art as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Tree of Life, it.s nearly impossible not to get sucked into a vortex of fascinating research and innuendo. Take, for instance, this extensive piece by the Los Angeles Review of Books that digs into the rich Malick mythology. Smartly titled Hollywood Bigfoot: Terrence Malick and the Twenty-Year Hiatus That Wasn.t, the article, authored by Michael Nordine, explores the eccentric, mysterious director.s life and career . with an emphasis on the 20-year span he spent out of he limelight between 1978.s Days of Heaven and 1998.s The Thin Red Line. It is a time-consuming read, but a must-absorb for anyone with a passing interest in the myths of Malick. While many believe the director went into seclusion before eventually »
As frightening figures show beyond a doubt, gun violence is endemic to American society as it is to no other country. Yet mainstream media fail to investigate the root causes of this violent plague. Nothing better illustrates the congenital bond between gun violence and North American society than the nation's cinema. From westerns to superhero blockbusters, Peckinpah to Tarantino, gun violence seems as intrinsic to American movies as singing and dancing is in Bollywood. Classic westerns stressed the inevitable need for violence in order to secure the good of the nation and the frontier's security. Peckinpah treated that same issue with cynicism while Tarantino served up a post-modern, cartoonish alternative. In "Badlands," currently celebrating its 40th anniversary with revival screenings around the country, Terrence Malick frames violence under a singular, revealing viewpoint by exploring its inextricability from notions of beauty and freedom. The movie helps put the problem in »
- Celluloid Liberation Front
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Either Ben Wheatley is a boiling pot of pent-up rage, or he is the complete opposite and thus finds perverse pleasure in humouring the rage fantasies and violent tendencies of the frustrated working-class white English male. Even last year’s grit-fest, Kill List, is not entirely void of something approximating humour, even at its bleakest, blackest moments. But with this his third narrative feature, humour takes centre stage and everything springs forth from and brings forth comedy: the gory violence, the psychotic romance, the meat-and-potatoes relationship drama, the deranged road trip through northern England with a caravan in tow.
Thirty-something Tina (Alice Lowe) lives with her possessive, borderline personality mother in a house filled with countless photographs and sketches of their beloved deceased terrier Poppy, whose death by knitting needle »
While at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, we had the chance to sit down with Billy Weber, Terrence Malick’s longtime editor. Beginning his editing career on the cult horror flick “Messiah of Evil,” Weber went on to work with directors ranging from Malick to Martin Scorsese (“Taxi Driver”) to Tony Scott (“Top Gun”). Meeting Malick as an editing assistant on “Badlands,” the two have become decades-long friends and worked together on four more films spanning over forty years -- “Days of Heaven,” “The Thin Red Line” and “The Tree of Life.” Being close to the enigmatic director, Weber gave us some insight on Malick’s upcoming projects, although Weber won’t be involved in either, and laid some rumors to rest. As we shared last week, Weber revealed that Malick is working on a director’s cut for "The Tree of Life.” Here are a few more »
- Diana Drumm
Three films in, Jeff Nichols is where – presumably – he wants to be. Mud, the watery adventure yarn he wrote and directed, has just become a bona fide commercial hit in the Us – landing 11th place in the charts and taking $2.2m (£1.4m) on its opening weekend. Not bad for a film that, despite a topline cast including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Sam Shepard, Nichols says "no one knew what to do with". Hollywood studios wouldn't back it, he says, and selling it was no picnic either – it premiered at Cannes almost exactly a year ago and only got a release last week.
Perhaps this is the inevitable fate of movies in the contemporary marketplace that aspire to rise above genre and indulge in a little classic American storytelling. »
- Andrew Pulver
Now in its 15th year, the Maryland Film Festival (May 8-12) announced today that "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery will host the opening night in Baltimore, which is devoted to short films. Lowery has had a pretty good year so far. Shortly after his appearance at Mff, Lowery will head to Cannes to present "Saints" at Critics' Week, where the film will screen out of competition. Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, "Saints" was well-received by critics upon premiering at Sundance earlier this year and has elicited comparisons to Terrence Malick's "Badlands" (our Toh! review of "Saints"). Lowery also co-edited the much-talked-about "Upstream Color," now in limited release, with director Shane Carruth. What's more -- Lowery is attached to direct "The Old Man and the Gun," starring Robert Redford, and has been tapped by Disney to write the remake of "Pete's Dragon." Previous opening night hosts at »
- Ryan Lattanzio
You know a Shane Black script when you see one.
Back in the days when Black was exclusively a screenwriter - at one stage the highest-paid in Hollywood - he was known around town for his self-reflexive tics, wherein he'd pepper his scripts with comments aimed straight at the reader. Take this aside, from page 107 of the script for The Last Boy Scout:
"Int. Topanga Canyon Home - Day
Remember Jimmy's friend, Henry, who we met briefly near the opening of the film? Of course you do, you're a highly paid reader or development person."
If you think about how monotonous the average script reader's day is, it's no huge surprise Black's adrenalin-jolt approach paid off. What's surprising is that it took him as long as it did to take it on-screen. More than a decade after Boy Scout's release, Black made his directorial debut-cum-comeback with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, »
Chicago – Every once in awhile, a year feels like it just belongs to a certain actor or actress. 2011 was the year of Jessica Chastain. It looks like 2013 could be the year of Amy Seimetz. She’s starring in the now-playing (and brilliant) “Upstream Color,” will appear on HBO’s “Family Tree” and AMC’s “The Killing” in the next few months, stars in the indie “Be Good” and acclaimed horror film “You’re Next,” and, this week, her directorial debut, “Sun Don’t Shine,” lands on VOD and in NY theaters before an expansion later this year. Like seemingly everything that Seimetz touches lately, it’s great. Confident, stylish, and with a remarkable sense of place, “Sun Don’t Shine” truly works.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Terrence Malick is one of the most divisive filmmakers working today, if not ever. Owner of a famously reclusive private life as well as a filmography full of gaps (he took twenty years between his second and third movie), Malick has been praised and criticized in equal measure. His supporters view all of his films as masterpieces (he’s only directed six including this year’s To the Wonder), citing his visual prowess, technical abilities, emotional power, and artistic merit. His detractors criticize his films for being dull, pretentious, unfocused, as well as devoid of plot, character, and dialogue.
Whether you like his films are not, there’s no denying his importance to cinema as two of his films have already stood the test of time and another is already considered by some to be among the best ever made despite being only a few years old.
Life and Career »
- Paul Sorrells
Chicago – Deservedly renowned as one of our greatest living filmmakers, Terrence Malick has a reputation for taking his time with each project. He won’t make a picture unless he feels a burning desire to make it, and will put directing on the back burner for two decades, if necessary, in order to pursue other interests. He’s never made what could be conceivably considered a minor work—until now.
At first, it struck me as exciting news that Malick’s revitalized creative juices on the heels of his breathtaking 2011 triumph, “The Tree of Life,” had inspired him to tackle three new projects in a row. But when faced with “To the Wonder,” the first chapter of his post-“Life” trilogy, it appears that Malick and his ever-growing team of editors would’ve benefited from more time in the cutting room. For an artist of such staggering ambition, there »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Already filling in the year with long-awaited films like Terrence Malick's "Badlands," and Alex Cox's cult-classic "Repo Man," renowned home video distributor The Criterion Collection has consistently impressed with its 2013 releases. Now, the company has announced its next crop of releases for the month of July, and the company continues to impress, adding films by Peter Brook, Ang Lee, and Guillermo Del Toro among others to their 2013 slate. First up on July 9 is famed Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi's "The Life of Oharu." The first film to gain the director international acclaim and a major turning point in the director's career, "Oharu" stars Kinuyo Tanaka as an imperial woman-in-waiting who gradually descends into street prostitution. The packaging additionally includes Koko Kajiama's 2009 documentary "Kinuyo Tanaka's New Departure," as well as an audio essay and introductory commentary track. Next on July 16, the company will release experimental theater director Peter. »
- Cameron Sinz
Until only very recently Terrence Malick, born in the North but raised in the Southwest, was something like a ghost of the cinema. Gone but not forgotten but still not numbered amongst the living. Or he was, at the least, something like an Auteurist Brigadoon, emerging from the ether once every hundred years before vanishing again. But ever since The Tree of Life (2011) he's been working non-stop. I've no idea what changed for the man but the cinematic landscape is all the better for it. Or at least the prettier for it. The man does consecrate the natural world with his camera.
To date Malick has made six features. How many have you seen?
His filmmography may jump to nine in no time. He has three movies that are supposedly done filming: »
- NATHANIEL R
How does Malick's latest effort fit into the filmmaker's oeuvre? Featuring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, and Sean Penn, Malick's existential drama The Tree of Life, released two years ago, is the obvious seed stock for To the Wonder. (Pictured above: Olga Kurylenko, Ben Affleck's romantic interest) Those two efforts are twins both thematically and stylistically -- though, admittedly, they are also closely related to his entire oeuvre. From his 1970s' efforts Badlands and Days of Heaven, Malick’s interests have always been expounded upon. Among those is what one could call a “wonder” at all things that have not been created by Man, and therefore likely created by God, besides philosophical ponderings about things that were created by Man, such as disharmony with nature and both external and inner conflicts. The New World, for example, has little if any historical relevance; on the other hand, this 2005 effort features much »
- Tim Cogshell
Malick's Latest a Navel-Gazing Poem Featuring Sketchy Female Characters Filmmaker Terrence Malick’s latest effort, the existential drama To the Wonder, is built from broken hearts, shattered relationships, and unanswered prayers. Those should have been "long since forgotten" rather than pondered on film, one more time, in this lyrical but redundant and ultimately navel-gazing poem. As a story, the film is so sad it’s almost unbearable. As cinema, it’s just plain unbearable. Pictured above: Old flame Rachel McAdams and Ben Affleck (who replaced Christian Bale). In his latest drama, Malick’s only sixth directorial work since Badlands in 1973 (though his second in the last two years, following The Tree of Life), we find the filmmaker’s perennial themes. Those can basically be reduced to a handful of ideas about Man’s struggle with his actual nature as opposed to one more suitable to a civilized world where some »
- Tim Cogshell
Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" is a film that may go down in history, but not because it's another masterpiece from the man who made "Badlands," "Days of Heaven," "The Thin Red Line" and "The Tree of Life." Instead, "To the Wonder," which opens in a limited release and on VOD on Friday, seems likely to be known because it was the last movie Roger Ebert ever reviewed, in a kind and thoughtful notice that was posted two days after Ebert's death last week. But as a movie itself, the film seems »
- Steve Pond
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